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Drag and Drop - On-Premise


OpenAsset On-Premise Feature Only

The AssetBar is a useful floating tool that allows users to drag-and-drop images from OpenAsset into other applications, such as InDesign,  PowerPoint, and Word. 
You will be able to access different sized images depending on what image size permissions you have been given by your OpenAsset administrator.

Installing the AssetBar

The AssetBar is an application that allows you to drag & drop images into applications without having to save to the desktop first. The AssetBar must be installed on your machine before you can use the Drag & Drop feature. Visit the AssetBar Installation page for more details. 

Launching the AssetBar application

Click the "Drag & Drop" button on any of the following locations in OpenAsset to launch the AssetBar:
  • Search results page

  • Carousel

  • Image detail page

Clicking "Drag & Drop" will open up the AssetBar as a floating window which you can move around your screen as desired. The AssetBar will contain all the images you have selected to include.

How the AssetBar works with InDesign (UNC paths)

The AssetBar works in InDesign by creating a link to the UNC path where the image is located rather than embedding the image. This keeps the InDesign file size small and enables you to find the image easily within OpenAsset. The path of the image is not changed with any use or movement within OpenAsset, preventing broken links from occurring.

Links Between Mac and PC Users

Cross-platform users might experience broken links due to the nature of how Mac and Windows machines handle absolute paths.

For example:

  • Windows Image Path: \\mynas\OpenAsset\Projects\AXO071\building.jpg

  • Mac Image Path:     /Volumes/OpenAsset/Projects/AXO071/building.jpg


In addition, InDesign always uses absolute paths, but it does recognize if the .indd file is located on the same share as the image being linked. When this happens, InDesign then resolves the images as if it was a relative path. In both scenarios, since the InDesign file and OpenAsset images are on different shares, if a Mac user drops an image into InDesign from OpenAsset, any Windows users opening that file will see a broken image link and vice versa.


There are currently 3 options for resolving these issues. For more information you can go to the InDesign Links Between Mac and PC Users help page.  

How the AssetBar works with PowerPoint, Word, etc

When dragging & dropping into Word (note that there are issues with Word 2013), PowerPoint, or an email, OpenAsset will simply embed the images into the respective document and will not create a link back to the image path.

Drag & Drop

Once the AssetBar has been launched, select the image size you want to use from the drop down menu.


After you have selected a file size, you are ready to drag and drop your images into your document.. To do this left click on the image and while holding the left mouse button down, drag the image from the AssetBar into your document.



You can also drag and drop multiple images into applications by selecting the tick box for the images you want to include prior to dragging them into the document.  Click on the icon at the top left hand corner of the AssetBar to 'Select all images'. All images will then be selected and can be dragged and dropped into applications.

Create Image Sizes

If you try to drag an image size which is not  created yet (it was not set to 'always create in OpenAsset').  You will get a prompt similar to the one below.

AssetBar_Image Size Creation.jpgClicking "Create" to create the size(s) you're trying to drag.  You'll then be prompted once the file sizes are created and you can drag them into your document. 

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